JUN 23, 2018: PML-N leader and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan announced on Saturday that he is parting ways with the party.
Talking to SAMAA TV, Khan said he cannot be a part of a maligning campaign against intel agencies and state institutions.
Khan said he had remained loyal to the party for 28 years but was ‘hard done’ by the Sharifs. “The Sharif brothers act like monarchs, they don’t have hearts in their chests,” he added.
He lamented that the PML-N has become a party of former dictator Pervez Musharraf’s acquaintances.
Khan is the second PML-N leader who left the party on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Rai Mansab decided to quit the party after not being awarded an election ticket.
Before that, two senior PML-N leaders, former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Zaeem Qadri, announced their decisions to contest the elections as independent candidates.
In a related development, PML-N has decided not to field its candidates opposite disgruntled senior party leader Chaudhry Nisar.
According to a source privy to the development, PML-N wants to keep its door open for Chaudhry Nisar at the behest of party President Shahbaz Sharif and other senior leaders.
On the other hand, Chaudhry Nisar has agreed to refrain from criticizing the PML-N’s leadership in public.
The former interior minister will be contesting on two national and two provincial assembly seats in the next general elections slated to take place on July 25.
In recent months, Chaudhry Nisar has been critical of Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s meddling in the party’s affairs and PML-N’s policy of confrontation with the establishment.